Indiana deputy in fatal crash had hit pedestrian a year before
Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E) – The 41-year-old deputy from Indiana’s Marion County Sheriff’s Office who struck and killed a stranded motorist on an interstate ramp Sunday night is the same deputy who hit a pedestrian in 2011.
According to officials, Erich Gephart, was behind the wheels of the jail transport vehicle with one inmate inside when he hit the 31-year-old Adam McCarty who was filling the tank of a pickup truck on the southbound Interstate 65 ramp at 29th Street. McCarty was pronounced dead at the scene.
MCSO reported that the truck has no lights, reflective triangles or emergency flashers displayed to alert other motorists and that the victim has a driver’s license suspended since December 2011.
Gephart was brought to Wishard Memorial Hospital for a blood test, as required by state law and MCSO policy during such cases.
In a news release, MCSO said that Gephart was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The deputy has been placed on administrative leave Monday, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Gephart was also driving sheriff’s van in November 2011 when he hit Charles Hill on Fox Hill Drive, north side of Indianapolis.
In that crash, 38-year-old Hill and his 10-year-old daughter were returning home from a stroll in a nearby park, when Gephart struck Hill, who was severely wounded.
Gephart was suspended but was back on duty in February.
Hill’s family has sued the county in April and his lawyers are still requesting records about the accident.
Lawyer Jason May said he was “shocked and flabbergasted” that Gephart struck another pedestrian.
He added that Hill’s case is still in the discovery phase and he has yet to talk to Gephart.
According to a police report, a passenger, identified as Ronald Mayberry, was inside McCarty’s pick-up and the inmate Gephart was carrying during the accident, Ishan Green, was transferred to another vehicle.